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This is what economic reconciliation looks like – The Globe and Mail

October 27, 2023

Indigenous people have been left out of Canada’s economy for too long. But our future growth—and even our ability to reach net zero goals by 2050—depends on changing that

JP Gladu wants me to see the land. He turns around the camera on his computer—we’re on a Zoom call—and points it across Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek (Sand Point First Nation) and toward Lake Nipigon. There’s been a dump of snow in this part of northwestern Ontario overnight, and the snow seems to hush the rolling landscape. But there’s nothing quiet about what Gladu wants to tell me, what he wants you to know: that Indigenous people have had enough—enough discrimination, enough exclusion, enough destitution, enough paternalism—and are therefore buying back Canada. “We’re tired of managing poverty—I can tell you that managing poverty is not a fun job. We want to manage wealth.”

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